Almost $500,000 raised for Make-A-Wish foundation at Walk For Wishes


Thousands of people were out Saturday, raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Since the early 2000s, Las Vegans have come together for the annual Walk For Wishes, with the goal of granting wishes for children in need.

So far this year, nearly $500,000 has been raised, in part by about 3,000 people that came out Saturday.

Among the sea of walkers is Heather Harris and her seven-year-old son, Tommy.

“Team Tommy is, happily, a very wonderful story. But it started out very sad,” Harris said. "He was diagnosed with a rare disease called Langerhans cell histiocytosis when he was 19 months old, and it resulted in a tumor that was eroding his skull."

These days, Tommy is feeling much better.

"I'm not sick anymore!” He exclaimed, “I play catcher and third base!"

Through his fight a few years ago, Tommy was granted a wish through the foundation. He and his family were granted the trip of a lifetime.

“[We went to] Disney World, because he wanted to meet Captain Hook,” said Heather. “It was really one of the most amazing experiences for our family."

Team Tommy brought in around $30,000 for Make-A-Wish this year's Walk For Wishes -- money the Harris family is proud to collect and give towards the granting of wishes for other local kids.

If you would still like to donate to the cause this year benefiting Make-A-Wish click here.

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